The Human Nature of the Economic Mind

Biological Theory 6 (4):377-387 (2011)

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This paper provides a historical overview of cognitive psychology and computational theories in cognitive science. Critiques of the computational model are discussed. The perspective of the evolution of mind and brain provides an alternative model such as that presented by Merlin Donald in terms of the “Hybrid Mind.” This “naturalist” model is also consistent with what we know of cognitive development in childhood. It provides a better understanding of cognition in situated context than the computational alternatives and is a better fit as a model of mind for the social sciences, including for economic decision making.
Keywords Cognition  Cognitive development  Cognitive science  Cultural psychology  Evolution  Hybrid mind  Vygotsky
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DOI 10.1007/s13752-012-0037-3
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